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Christians on the Left

Logo of Christians on the Left
The Tawney Dialogue 2018
A meeting of the Oxford Branch of the Christian Socialist Movement, with Larry Sanders speaking, October 2007

Christians on the Left, formerly known as the Christian Socialist Movement (CSM), is a socialist society in the UK. The movement fulfils a need among Christian socialists for an organisation that would be both politically engaged and theologically reflective.

The CSM was an amalgamation of the Society of Socialist Clergy and Ministers and the Socialist Christian League. Founded in 1960, it affiliated to the Labour Party in 1988. It was a volunteer organisation until 1994 when it appointed a co-ordinator, followed by an administrator. In August 2013, it announced that, following a consultation with its members, it would be changing its name to Christians on the Left.[1]

R. H. Tawney made one of his last public appearances at the Movement's inaugural meeting on 22 January 1960.

Donald Soper chaired the Movement until becoming its President in 1975.

Members have also included Labour leaders John Smith, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. Today, Christians on the Left has over 40 members in the House of Commons and House of Lords.[2]

As of 14 March 2018, its director was Louise Davies; its executive committee chair was Jonathan Reynolds; and its two vice chairs were Shona Elliott and Hannah Rich.[3]

Christians on the Left is a member organisation of the International League of Religious Socialists.


  1. ^ CSM to become Christians On The Left
  2. ^ "Labour Party Affiliation". Christian Socialist Movement website. Archived from the original on 3 May 2009. Retrieved 11 April 2009.
  3. ^ "Meet the Team". Christians on the Left website. Retrieved 16 March 2018.

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